Lawrence, Massachusetts – November 09, 2011 - - Enterprise Bank, in it’s third Celebration of Excellence Program, honored Whittemore Company, 30 Glenn Street, Lawrence as an award recipient for one of their two Business of the Year Awards.
The Celebration of Excellence Program, which Enterprise bank CEO, Jack Clancy stated as recognition of "dreamers and doers" was held November 9th at the Lowell Memorial Auditorium, Lowell – Massachusetts, USA. The event was attended by 1,500 people.
The Business of the Year Award recognizes and honors successful, local businesses for their financial achievement, positive workplace environment and continued community impact. A committee of judges reviewed the submitted information, stories and achievements of 75 applicants before choosing the two companies for the Business Category award honor.
The evening of recognition was highlighted by keynote speaker, Chris Gardner who was the subject of the 2006 Oscar- nominated film, The Pursuit of Happyness, starring actor Will Smith. Mr. Gardner’s self proclaimed description of personal triumph and successful overcoming of insurmountable odds, proved to be a perfect match for all the enduring characteristics that the Celebration of Excellence was created to honor.
Whittemore Company’s roots have been traced back to 1919. At that time, the company was located in Roslindale, Massachusetts. They distributed feed, grain and coal. During the next few decades, the company began selling building supplies and other construction materials and eventually manufactured ready mix concrete.
In 1949 Whittemore started expanding perlite. Over the next twenty years, the company divested itself of manufacturing all other construction products and focused solely on the processing of perlite. The two main products were Perlite Plaster Aggregate and Perlite Concrete Aggregate.
In 1973 the Sheehy family purchased Whittemore Company and moved it from Roslindale to Andover, Massachusetts. The company remained at this location until 1985 when it was relocated to its present site in Lawrence, Massachusetts. The company expanded once again, in 1993 to include the processing of vermiculite, as well as a blending process for custom products.
Whittemore’s 50,000 sq.ft. production and warehouse facility houses two perlite furnaces and two vermiculite furnaces. A computerized blending system produces a full line of custom blended products. The packaging line is equipped to fill both plastic and kraft paper bags, in addition to semi bulk and bulk trailer loads. The facility has on-site capabilities for receiving and unloading both truck and rail shipments of crude ore. The ore storage of 5,000 tons insures an uninterrupted flow of finished products to our customers. Whittemore’s main markets for both perlite and vermiculite are industrial, construction and horticultural.
The Whittemore Company has been an active member in the Perlite Institute since joining the organization in 1974. Augustine P. Sheehy was a former board member and in 1999 Mr. Sheehy was honored with the Institute’s highest recognition, the Lewis Lloyd Award. Following his father’s lead, Jeffrey D. Sheehy has also served as a board member and was past president in 1998 – 2000. Jeffrey and the Whittemore Company served as host for the Perlite Institute’s – Mid Year Meeting, held in Boston in 2005. The Company is also a long term member and active participant in The Vermiculite Association, acting as host for the 2001, Vermiculite Association - Annual Meeting held in Boston.
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